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Gabba match went over time, admits AFL

01/04/2010 08:14:31 PM Comments (0)

The AFL says a malfunctioning timing device caused Brisbane and West Coast to play extra time in three of the quarters of their round one match at the Gabba.

The two timekeepers on duty at last Saturday's match have been suspended over the error, although it did not have a net effect on the scores.

Both sides added an extra one goal and one behind during the extra time, which was made up of 39 seconds in the second quarter, 49 seconds in the third quarter and one minute 13 seconds in the last.

The Lions ended up winning the match by 32 points, finishing much stronger than the Eagles, who had led at every change.

The final score and result will stand.

The AFL said it was the first time the current model of timing devices had malfunctioned in two years of use.

The device used in that match has been replaced, while those used in other games have all been checked and timekeeping procedures have been strengthened to avoid a repeat episode.

"While the extra time played was due to malfunctioning equipment and was not due to timekeeper error, the two timekeepers on duty have been suspended for failing to immediately report potential issues with the timing of the match," the AFL said in a statement.

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